Size-ism: how it is targeted toward female athletes Walking into the gym where my cheer team was about to hold our annual “Mini Cheer Camp” the first thought that invaded my mind was not “I do not belong on thi
The world is carved with people of different backgrounds; different social cultures, and different experiences has led some to believe what others have praised upon them. Therefore, it’s good to have the confidence of sharing our own opinion and the fact that there are many others with the same thought process about a common interest. I found this article interesting and I liked the way it’s very organized and complete. I found it interesting and confident the way you ended with saying, “Who cares”. To be able to pursue your goal, you need to live for yourself besides other people’s opinion; no one can stop you with their opinion.
I agree size really shouldn’t restrict what you can do but unfortunately that’s not the case. You gave the example of guys in football being praised for being 250 pounds and when women are that big it is the opposite. This is not because people are prejudice towards women, it’s because in the sport of football if you are that big it will help the team win which is the goal of sports. It is all about ability restrictment. In other words, if you are a bigger girl and you can do all the same things as a smaller girl and contribute just as much then there is no issue, but if your size is making you not as good as another competitor then it makes sense you should be cut from the team. You are contradicting what you are saying about being fair and giving equal opportunities if you think plus sized athletes should get a sort of special treatment. In the example about Mississippi cheerleaders and their weight limit, they have a point for that limit. That organization probably has hard conditioning routines and also things they do will be much more difficult for someone above that weight. It makes sense. Although I agree with what you were saying about if the size doesn’t restrict what you can do then it shouldn’t be an issue, but when it does restrict your ability or if it makes you not as athletic or as skilled as someone else then it becomes an issue because you have to remember, nothing is personal, it’s not about feelings for these organizations it’s about being the best they can be.
Hello Zya. I agree with much of what you said, but I think that it would be interesting for you to know that size-ism is actually not targeted at female athletes. Male athletes struggle with body positivity just as much as female athletes. Your comment about the 250 ibs man being celebrated can be true on the football field, but the 125 ibs kid who cannot grow no matter what he does is still prevalent. And people will not only go up to that kid and say they shouldn’t be on the team, but they will also disrespect them because they think they could squash them like a bug. And the 250 kid will get made fun of off the football field for being to heavy. It is a lose lose situation and it is not gender specific. This article could say what I am trying to say in a more formal way, https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/male-body-image-problems.
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